Throughout history, it has been well documented that society has been affected by pathogenic organisms. Disease outbreaks such as bubonic plague and Spanish flu decimated entire families and showed no mercy, striking down the young, the old, the rich and the poor. This begs the question: where do viruses come from?
Virologists have debated the above question, however a single definitive answer is yet to be concluded. Three main hypotheses have arose from such debates, the first being that viruses arose from genetic elements and achieved the ability to move at a cellular level. The second hypotheses claims that viruses are remnants of cellular organisms, and the third suggests that viruses coevolved.
We can confidently concur that viruses are scraps of genetic code encapsulated in fat and protein. Their survival depends on them infecting cells and multiplying at a considerable rate whilst also having the ability to mutate and adapt to their environment.
The first virus found to cause illness in humans was Yellow fever in 1901. At first, physicians concluded that it was spread via mosquitoes but the American scientist James Carroll successfully demonstrated that infected blood serum could infect normal blood serum. It was only after the invention of the electron microscope in 1931 that scientists could visually see what viruses looked like.
Presently, due to modern technology, scientists have a more thorough understanding of how many viruses behave and reproduce and this has led to the production of virucidal medicines. Although this is a major advancement, viruses still continue to test medical knowledge.
In December 2019, a new virus was recored in Wuhan, China and was subsequently named SARS-CoV-2. Chinese Scientists ascertained that the virus most likely originated in a bat and somehow transferred to another animal that was sold at a wet market and consumed by a human. The virus has since spread to 235 countries, infected over 40 million people and tragically killed over 1 million people. Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now a worldwide pandemic and has changed our way of life dramatically.
Step 1: A high temperature/feeling hot to touch.
Step 2: A new, continuous cough consisting of three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
Step 3: A loss of taste or smell, or if you notice that smells and tastes are unusual.
In order to prevent the spread of the virus, the government has introduced a "three tier system" and
tiers are ascertained by the speed and transmission levels in each area. Each tier has tightly regulated
conditions that must be adhered to, otherwise you could face a penalty.
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There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your risk of becoming infected with Coronavirus. The first is regular handwashing and should be conducted as follows:
1: wet your hands thoroughly with warm water
2: Apply a sufficient amount of soap to cover your hands
3: Rub your hands together back and forth
4: Use one hand to clean the back of the opposite hand and also clean in-between your fingers. Repeat
on the other hand.
5: Rub your hands together and clean in-between the fingers
6: Rub the back of your fingers against the palm of your hand.
7: Clean your thumbs separately.
8: Pay attention to the tips of your fingers by rubbing them on the opposite palm.
9: Rinse your hands with warm water.
10: Dry your hands with a clean, disposable paper towel.
11: Use the towel to turn off the tap.
Regular handwashing for at least 20 seconds is one of the most effective ways of stopping the spread of coronavirus. If you do not have access to soap and clean water, you can also use an anti- bacterial/virucidal hand sanitiser in the meantime.
The second step you can take to protect yourself from Coronavirus is to adhere to government guidelines in relation to the wearing of masks and social distancing. Unless medically exempt, face coverings should be worn in enclosed spaces such as shops, dental surgeries and restaurants. Ideally,
you should remain two metres away from other people but if this is not possible, allow at least one metre.
Another safety measure you can adopt is the disinfecting of your premises using fog mist, vapour or ultra violet systems. These methods are highly effective and disinfect large spaces quickly. A professional disinfection of your premises destroys coronavirus thus helping to prevent its spread. Furthermore, you will be adhering to health and safety requirements by taking the necessary steps to reduce harmful risks.
We currently offer the following services that are suitable for residential properties as well as businesses such as offices and shops. Our professional virucidal chemicals effectively destroy Coronavirus (SARS- associated), Human Coronavirus (VR-740) and Canine
This is the quickest and most cost effective solution. Using a fogging machine, professional antiviral chemicals that meet BS EN 14476 standards are sprayed onto all visible surfaces to help combat infection. The spray gun ejects a fine mist into the air and is left for roughly 6 hours to completely evaporate. Hospitals often use this method when battling an outbreak of MRSA due to its ability to
sanitise both surfaces and air.
The combination method consists of the use of a fogging sprayer as well as a manual disinfection of touch points by hand. This is the recommended treatment as it is the most thorough.
Key premises such as Care homes, dental surgeries and educational settings require a more stringent approach due to the increased risk to the most vulnerable. They demand professional experience as well as a specific set of procedures. Our trained team will thoroughly sanitise the whole premises in accordance with the NHS colour coded scheme to avoid cross contamination.
Research has shown that Coronavirus can live for upto threes days on metals and plastics, and upto 24 hours on cardboard. With the absence of a vaccine and no specific treatment, it is imperative that strict hygiene measures are taken to hinder the spread of the virus. This is namely the cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic areas as well as objects that are regularly touched.
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